Tour guides and escorts escort individuals or groups on sightseeing tours or through places of interest, such as industrial establishments, public buildings, and art galleries.
Tour guides jobs are an important component of the tourism industry and make trips memorable for tourists, either individuals or groups, as they take them through a site or attraction, providing an insight into the culture, food, traditions, shopping, festivals, weather, flora and fauna, etc. They are aware of the opening and closing times of the monuments, routes and means of travel to the site, ensure guest safety and provide them with information about the sites or destinations in an interesting manner. They are bilingual, which enables them to be able to communicate with tourists as well as locals.
A city guide escort meets and greets the tourist, and makes arrangements for their stay, food, and sightseeing, ensuring that the itinerary timings are followed and guests have a comfortable and memorable vacation. The tour guide's salary is commensurate with the number of hours, skills and experience.
Being a tour guide or escort usually requires an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. They learn on the job and pick up the tricks of the trade from their peers. They should have good computer knowledge, presentation skills and pay attention to detail.
To have a successful escort career, require the guide to have excellent people skills, communication skills, a pleasant and smiling personality and problem-solving abilities among others.
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